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Soldier dies from blast injuries


A British soldier has died in hospital in the UK from injuries suffered in an explosion in Afghanistan more than two months ago.

The serviceman from The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) was surrounded by his family at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

He was treated in Afghanistan and the UK after he was wounded on February 3 in the bomb blast.

Task Force Helmand spokesman Major Ian Lawrence said: "Sadly, I must report that a soldier from The Queen's Royal Hussars has died of wounds sustained in an IED (improvised explosive device) strike on February 3 2012.

"The thoughts and condolences of everyone serving in the Task Force are with his family and friends."

The soldier's family has been informed, the MoD said.

The serviceman's death came less than two weeks after a Royal Marine and a soldier were shot dead by an Afghan National Army gunman at the entrance to the UK headquarters in Helmand Province.

Sergeant Luke Taylor, 33, of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, 25, of the Adjutant General's Corps, both fathers of young children, were killed at the base in Lashkar Gah on March 26.

A total of 408 members of UK forces have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.